During the week, Pierre and Juliette eat at the school canteen which means they get a starter (usually salads containing beetroot or sweetcorn or grated carrot, sometimes soup or a little cheese pastry, maybe a slice of pâté or mackerel with bread...) before their main meal. Out of the blue, as I was cooking up their evening meal earlier in the week, Pierre excitedly arrived in the kitchen asking if they could have a starter. I was tired out after a long day at work but his enthusiasm and beaming face were infectious and meant that I couldn't say no, so we went for an easy 5-minute, throw-together-what's-in-the-fridge concoction. A bit of clever presentation and he was over the moon, despite it basically being a plateful of vegetables !
Pierre's Healthy Starter
2 cherry tomatoes
a couple of sesame breadsticks
a scattering of cashew nuts
a drizzle of orange juice
Halve the cherry tomatoes and the breadsticks and arrange them around the edges of the plate. Place a heart shaped cookie cutter in the middle of the plate.
Peel and grate the carrot. Squish it inside the cookie cutter to form a heart-shaped pile then gently remove the cookie cutter. Pour a splash of orange juice on top of the carrots and scatter with cashews.
Pierre got even more creative, pushing a breadstick in the carrots and plonking a cherry tomato on top to make a boat. I wonder who he gets it from ?! (*Whistles innocently* !)